MadameNoire, a self-described “space for the unapologetic black woman,” is sticking with its mission in a new way this week — by refusing to apologize to angry readers who accuse the publication of “digital blackface” and “blackfishing,” after discovering that one of its top dating columnists is a white woman.
“She’s in digital blackface because she always uses stock photos featuring Black women/families/couples and uses ‘sis’ and the inclusive ‘we’ as if she’s a Black woman,” blasted one Facebook user about the writer, Julia Austin. “In addition, she’s been a content contributor mostly for ‘Black’ platforms including Black America Web, NewsOne and a plethora of Black radio stations.” Others echoed the criticism online: “This woman has literally hundreds of articles she wrote for MadameNoire and in a lot of them she speaks on her personal experiences but never ONCE mentions she’s a white woman. I wonder why that is ... she didn’t want us to know! That’s blackfishing.”
This white woman, Julia Austin, has been doing digital blackface for YEARS and is a top contributing writer for Black women’s blog, @MadameNoire . This is disgusting yet very unsurprising. She’s literally taking up space and money meant for Black women content contributors. pic.twitter.com/22RNDe55oL
— Supa Mess (@MessSupa) July 23, 2020
Exactly. This woman has literally hundreds of articles she wrote for MadameNoire and in a lot of them she speaks on her personal experiences but never ONCE mentions she’s a white woman.. I wonder why that is